Hello everyone. This topic is for ideas and discussion on how we might create an appeal for the New VS to non-VS markets. For example, I know of a former Wang language expert who has automated translation of RPG II dialects to COBOL 85. IBM left RPG II users on AS/400 systems hung out to dry in 2006. Perhaps a program of pulling RPG II shops over to the New VS might be formulated.
There are at least two components to exploring new markets. First is identifying such subsets of IT where some aspect(s) of the New VS could be held out to be appealing to those subsets. Second is figuring out how to contact the shops that make up such markets.
I have heard, for another example, that there are many companies, mostly smaller, running apps using rented time on other companies' IBM mainframes. Perhaps, with an idea of languages and OSs of such apps, something could be formulated to pull them over to the New VS, even to renting time on New VS systems at rates much lower than they are paying for IBM mainframe time.
Then there are VS verticals that already exist but are gathering dust on shelves around the world. Fundamentals like accounting and inventory control and general ledger and customer and order management may not actually go out of date, particularly if they are beefed up with some interoperability with non-VS systems to integrate into multi-platform shops.
I hope we can get some discussion going on this, and get some ideas on the table that can be explored.
I should point out that I am on the very beginning of the learning curve of how to configure and best use this "ning thing" that hosts our Wang VS community website. I can create separate topics for discussion but haven't figured out how and when to best do that, among many other things.